4th & 1 Football Camp Banquet and Awards Program

On Friday, July 15th, the 4th & 1 Football Camp presented The Chris Campbell Banquet and Awards Program. Fritz Pollard Alliance Chairman John Wooten spoke at the event along with others. 4th and 1 is a free football camp for high school students from underrepresented groups in Texas and Michigan. It is the only football camp…

Wooten visits law office of Johnnie Cochran

John Wooten visits the law offices of the late Johnnie Cochran. Mr. Cochran was one of the founding members of the Fritz Pollard Alliance. Click here to see photos

Fritz Pollard Alliance officers weigh in on race and sports lecture

Race and the National Football League: The Rooney Rule and Beyond Cyrus Mehri and Jeremi Duru of the Fritz Pollard Alliance joined Kevin Blackstone of ESPN’s  Around the Horn at the University of Pennsylvania for a discussion on race and the National Football League. The program examined racial issues pre Rooney Rule and discussed the…

NFL’s coaching diversity means everybody wins

It was considered major news four years ago when Lovie Smith’s Chicago Bears squared off against the Indianapolis Colts, coached by Tony Dungy. It was the first time an African American coach – in this case, two black coaches – had led an NFL team to the Super Bowl. Now another black coach, Mike Tomlin…

‘Rooney Rule’ broadens experience of NFL coaches, GMs

The Tennessee Titans last searched for a head coach 17 years ago when they were the Houston Oilers. A lot has changed in the NFL since then. One such change has been the league’s enactment of the Rooney Rule, which requires that every NFL team interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a head…

Cyrus Mehri discusses the Rooney Rule on the NFL Network

Cyrus Mehri, counsel to the Fritz Pollard Alliance and an advocate for minority coaching opportunity, discusses the impact of the Rooney rule in the NFL and the progress it has created on the NFL Network’s Total Access with Rich Eisen. Click here to watch